Eric Schneiderman

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    Non-Sequiturs: 11.18.15

    * Eric Schneiderman sure is keeping busy. Now he’s investigating a troubled non-profit. [New York Daily News]

    * Legal scholar Cass Sunstein is writing a book about Star Wars. What big questions should he tackle? [New York Magazine]

    * Exploring the potential First Amendment implications for computers. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Thank goodness she didn’t! Justice Sotomayor talks about how she nearly pulled out of the confirmation process. [Daily Progress]

    * Law firms? Slow to change? Go on… [Geek Law Blog]

    * Speaking of law firms and change, here’s some advice on updating your website. [Law Reboot]

    14 Comments / / Nov 18, 2015 at 5:26 PM
  • David Boies

    Biglaw, Sports

    Did This Biglaw Firm Get Benched In Daily Fantasy Sports Litigation?

    Two leading law firms will be working as co-counsel on this case.

    29 Comments / / Nov 16, 2015 at 2:59 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.16.15

    * DraftKings and FanDuel aren’t going to take a knee and allow New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to rip away their gamblers clients. Both daily fantasy sites have refused to stop conducting business in New York, and have instead filed suit against Schneiderman with some hefty Biglaw backing. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * During a recent speaking engagement at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Justice Antonin Scalia explained why he writes such scathingly quotable dissents: “I’m writing dissents mainly for you guys—for law students. I know it will be in the casebooks.” [University of St. Thomas NewsRoom]

    * SCOTUS granted cert in a challenge to Texas abortion laws, and some wonder how this decision will affect other states’ laws. If the justices don’t think these restrictions represent an undue burden, then women may as well hang up their ovaries and go home. [Reuters]

    * We’ll have to rely on old faithful, Justice RBG, to raise the torch for women. She recently sat down for tea with Gloria Steinem to discuss women’s rights. “Ruth is better at getting along with people with whom we profoundly disagree,” says Steinem. [New York Times]

    * The “least sexy” part of a merger? If you want to know what took the Dentons / Dacheng merger so long to be formalized, Dentons CEO Elliott Portnoy says it had to do with website, logo, communications, and marketing issues. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    27 Comments / / Nov 16, 2015 at 8:55 AM
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    The NY Attorney General Is Trying To Ruin Sundays

    What will football fans do without the distraction of daily fantasy leagues?

    23 Comments / / Nov 13, 2015 at 10:59 AM
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    Politics, Sports

    New York Jumps On The Daily Fantasy Sports Bashing Bandwagon

    Eric Schneidermann tries to grab some cheap headlines by sending facially contradictory cease and desist letters to FanDuel and DraftKings.

    0 Comments / / Nov 11, 2015 at 9:59 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.11.15

    * A person of interest in the shooting of Texas Judge Julie Kocurek has been apprehended and arrested — not for the shooting, mind you, but for a completely unrelated crime. Judge Kocurek continues her steady recovery after being seriously injured not by a bullet, but by shrapnel and glass. [Austin American-Statesman]

    * Barnes & Thornburg partner Vincent “Trace” Schmeltz may be sanctioned for tweeting pictures that he took of the evidence that was presented during a trial. He claims he didn’t see the huge sign outside the courtroom prohibiting “photographing, recording or broadcasting.” [Chicago Tribune via ABA Journal]

    * Schneiderman, Schneiderman! Bans sports-betting wherever he can! New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a cease-and-desist order against DraftKings and FanDuel, saying the daily fantasy sites constituted illegal gambling. [New York Times]

    * Dentons finally formalized its merger with Dacheng Law Offices yesterday, thus making it the official largest law firm in the world. At 6,600 lawyers strong, just think about how many scandals we’ll be able to cover in 2016. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * According to the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, more women are being welcomed into the ranks of partnership at major firms. Out of 118 firms, women made up 34.4 percent of new partner classes. Let’s celebrate that less-than-50-percent benchmark! [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Fred Auston Wortman III, the Tennessee attorney who tried to murder his estranged wife, Staci, by lacing her toothpaste with poison, and later hired an inmate to do the deed after his plan failed, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. [Commercial Appeal]

    * Here are three ways you can balance your law school applications with your college responsibilities, but to be honest, if you’re having trouble balancing these things, then perhaps you don’t belong in law school. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    62 Comments / / Nov 11, 2015 at 8:57 AM
  • ExxonMobil


    What Gives The New York A.G. The Right To Stop Climate Change?

    The Martin Act is powerful, but it’s not magic.

    0 Comments / / Nov 6, 2015 at 4:29 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 10.16.15

    * Lawsuit ahead for Rosie O’Donnell! The comedienne was sued by a former The View producer she was allegedly mean to. [Jezebel]

    * The Amazing Schneiderman is at it again! This time he’s going after Martin Shkreli for antitrust violations. [Dealbreaker]

    * So Justice Breyer heard a case about a company he holds stock in. The self-monitoring SCOTUS does for conflicts seems to be working out swimmingly. [Fix the Court]

    * The IRS computers are still on Window XP. Good thing we don’t give them super sensitive information or anything. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Looks like Clay County, Tennessee, schools will indeed stay open. Score one for litigation. [Slate]

    * Sure to get Second Amendment enthusiasts fired up: let’s create a Mount Doom for guns! [Wonkette]

    * $5 for some [possibly] unauthorized legal advice? Still sounds like a raw deal. [The Associate’s Mind]

    * A judge limits the questions a doctor can ask patients — when they’re about guns, that is. [Harvard Law And Policy Review]

    * Is it even possible to have non-lawyer friends? Don’t they all leave you once you’ve canceled plans for the 800th time? [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    15 Comments / / Oct 16, 2015 at 5:27 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 09.15.15

    * Intelligence Squared offers its latest debate tomorrow night, and it’s incredibly timely. Four law professors will debate the following proposition: “Courts, Not Campuses, Should Decide Sexual Assault Cases.” (We’ll feature the livestream tomorrow.) [Intelligence Squared]

    * Oh, joy. A recent decision by Judge Rosemary Collyer promises to make Washington, D.C. more dysfunctional. How is the even possible? [New Republic]

    * Tim Wu is taking a sabbatical from Columbia Law — he’s been tapped by the Amazing Schneiderman for the New York AG’s office. [New York Times]

    * Just how far is the reach of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act? Can you be prosecuted for clearing your browser history? Gulp. [The Nation]

    * Creating a system to rank humanity’s worst crimes. This guy must be a blast a cocktail parties. [Pacific Standard]

    43 Comments / / Sep 15, 2015 at 4:57 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.31.15

    * Good news if you’ve made it to midlevel associate — survey says you’re happier than ever. [American Lawyer]

    * Amal Clooney lost a case in Egypt, her client was one of three Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to prison for their coverage of the 2013 uprising. Clooney warned the sentence sends a “dangerous message.” [People]

    * More and more Pennsylvania firms are getting on-board with the $160k pay scale. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * Chalk another victory up for the Amazing Schneiderman — that’s New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. This time, retail giant Gap Inc. has fallen in line. [Fashionista]

    * A happy ending for David Powers, whose admission to St. John’s Law was revoked after officials there found out about a drug conviction. He’s starting at Pace Law today. [New York Times]

    * When a client announces a new general counsel, law firms should consider that a wake-up call — or get fired. [Corporate Counsel]

    * In truly horrific news, two Indian sisters were sentenced to be gang raped as punishment for their brother eloping with a woman of a different caste. The (hopefully) good news is the women have appealed to the Indian Supreme Court for protection. [Jezebel]

    * What do in-house counsel need to know about the recent NLRB decision expanding the concept of joint-employers? [Law360]

    63 Comments / / Aug 31, 2015 at 9:01 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.29.15

    * With the accusations mounting, and the stunning New York Magazine cover feature 35 women alleging Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them, the comedian’s legal team is changing tactics. [CNN]

    * Does ideology play a role in conferring honorary degrees? One conservative law professor says yes. [National Law Journal]

    * Ever wonder why there are so many iconic movie roles that are lawyers? [ABA Journal]

    * Citizens United actually loses a legal battle, this time courtesy of New York’s own Amazing Schneiderman. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Need more evidence that campaign finance laws are a joke? [Huffington Post]

    * China’s first lawsuit over pollution is a go. [Jurist]

    * What will the long term impact be of legally classifying Uber drivers as employees? []

    16 Comments / / Jul 29, 2015 at 9:01 AM
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    NY Attorney General Proposes Not Terrible Cybersecurity Legislation

    Most people are clueless about cybersecurity. Apparently that list doesn’t include Eric Schneiderman.

    1 Comment / / Jan 23, 2015 at 10:22 AM
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    Biglaw, Canada, Cellphones, Morning Docket, Privacy, Technology

    Morning Docket: 10.17.14

    * “There’s too much at stake—too much money and interest.” Biglaw firms in West Africa are surviving, nay, thriving, despite the fact that the area is afflicted by the terrors of Ebola. [Am Law Daily]

    * “[T]ake a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course.” The head of the FBI is pissed about cell encryption, and he wants tech companies to cut it out with this privacy stuff. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has a new chief financial officer. At Pittsburgh’s third-largest firm, the former litigation practice director could really make a name for himself. [Pittsburgh Business Times]

    * Former employees — even lawyers — of the recently failed Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie are filing suit, seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in severance pay. Good luck with that, eh? [Globe and Mail]

    * According to NY AG Eric Schneiderman, 72% of Airbnb rental sites in New York City are operating illegally. This is going to be problematic for those who enjoy the services of faux hotels. [New York Times]

    3 Comments / / Oct 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM
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    5th Circuit, Affirmative Action, Contract Attorneys, Free Speech, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.16.14

    * The Insane Clown Posse is appealing their loss in the “Juggalos aren’t gang members” case. F**king lawsuits, how do they work? [Lowering the Bar]

    * After losing before the Supreme Court, the University of Texas affirmative action admissions program looked to be in serious trouble. But the Fifth Circuit just ruled that the UT policy met the strict-scrutiny analysis mandated by the Court. The lesson for Abigail Fisher is once more, “How about you get better grades instead of whining?” Or at least “Get politically connected.” [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Apple agrees to a conditional $450 million settlement with the NYAG’s office in the e-book suit. So you might get some money back from the 50 Shades of Grey purchase. [Reuters]

    * The Manassas city police have decided not to engage in kiddie porn pursuant to a warrant. Good for them. [Washington Post]

    * “Judges are not deities. They are humans.” Let’s not tell Lat, the shock might kill him. [Katz Justice]

    * Maybe it’s time lawyers started looking out for each other. This is a theme we’ve touched on before. [Law and More]

    * The hell? Parents arrested for letting their 9-year-old go to the park alone? Suffocating parenting is bad enough without the government expecting it of parents. [Slate]

    * CPAs are suing the IRS because the regulation of tax preparers lacks Congressional approval. Because we need more folks off the street claiming to be tax preparers. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Lawyer and former South Carolina GOP executive director Todd Kincannon is under investigation by the South Carolina Office of Disciplinary Counsel for basically being a dick on Twitter. As Ken White notes, the First Amendment is all about giving guys like this a forum. [Slate]

    7 Comments / / Jul 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM
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    9th Circuit, D.C. Circuit, Defamation, Gay, Non-Sequiturs, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.13.13

    * The Grinch goes to court to get some legal redress. Dr. Seuss really is all about the law. [NPR]

    * How much bulls**t is wine appreciation? This guy is in trouble for selling fake wine to so-called experts for years and they never noticed. [Gawker]

    * Is this really the most likely scenario after you graduate with a law degree? [Law School Lemmings]

    * Congratulations to Eric Schneiderman for successfully getting fired Domino’s workers back on the job. Living up to the New York’s AG’s new “If You Don’t Get Justice In 30 Minutes, It’s Free” promotion. [Daily Kos]

    * Celeb lawyer saves kid from getting bowled over by Chicago Bulls. Amazingly, the Knicks were able to take this guy’s lead and actually won a game. [TMZ]

    * Creating fake Linkedin accounts to make your competitor seem like it’s really a foreign company. Well, that’s one way to compete. [IT-Lex]

    * Folks who’ve been watching the Ninth Circuit’s en banc proceedings have asked why Judge Gould appears by video. The reason is that Judge Gould has multiple sclerosis and works from his home base in Seattle. Here’s an awesome profile of the judge. [United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit]

    * Elie joined Non-Sequiturs all-stars Jessica Mederson of Legal Geeks and Kevin Underhill of Lowering the Bar on Legalese It! with Mike Sacks. They discussed the D.C. Circuit, India’s new anti-gay law, and the affluenza case. The video after the jump…

    4 Comments / / Dec 13, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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    2nd Circuit, ACLU, David Boies, Golf, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, New Jersey, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.09.13

    * Good news if you’re a better golfer than your buddies: if you play in New Jersey, you’re not liable when another member of your group injures someone with an errant ball hit into the proverbial lumber yard. On the other hand, you’ll have to be in New Jersey. [The Legal Blitz]

    * Hank Greenberg continues his effort to throw roadblocks in the way of the NY AG investigation into AIG. Now he’s accusing the AAG on the case of ethical lapses, which is only fair since that’s what everyone else is accusing Greenberg of. [NY Daily News]

    * It’s official: Biglaw fees are unreasonable. At least by South Florida standards. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * A Nevada judge was charged with misdemeanor manslaughter in the death of a bicyclist. If convicted, he could spend up to six months in jail. I’d like to imagine this would play out a lot like when Rorschach went to prison. [Associated Press]

    * Congratulations to Jennifer J. Johnson on being named the new dean of Lewis & Clark. Try to avoid any censorship scandals! [Lewis & Clark]

    * If you’re in NYC tomorrow evening, the New York City Bar Association is hosting a free event titled “The First Amendment in an Age of Terror” featuring Professor Jonathan Hafetz of Seton Hall University School of Law; James Goodale of Debevoise & Plimpton; Judge Robert D. Sack; Spencer Ackerman, the U.S. National Security Editor for The Guardian; and Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union. [New York City Bar Association]

    * Syracuse College of Law students have an early Law Revue video for us. Strap in for a Mariah Carey parody that involves a baby getting a hatchet to the face. That sounds way darker than it really is. Video embedded below….

    4 Comments / / Dec 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM
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    Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Education / Schools, Football, Politics, Quote of the Day, Sports

    They Might Be Talking About His Hair

    There’s no love lost between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Donald Trump.

    6 Comments / / Dec 4, 2013 at 4:02 PM